Since it is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s duty to provide temporary housing to victims of catastrophes, FEMA will soon be publishing a request for proposal to manufacture accessible, RV-based relief shelters.
FEMA personnel collaborated together with a task force comprised consisting of industry experts from the RV industry to put together the proposal. They are set to release the prototypes of the proposal early next year.
The companies that bid for the task will construct accessible wheelchair-friendly travel trailers using floorplans and designs available in the proposal, as per the News & Insights report of the RV Industry Association.
The accessible trailers will come with the same features as those that are sold in retail stores and will include regular finishes and fixtures along with exterior and interior graphics. In turn, manufacturers can use their current methods, suppliers, and materials.
FEMA does not have the authority to dictate the materials or methods manufacturers employ as long as the units are accessible to the specifications outlined within the blueprints. FEMA will also be able to conduct an extensive series of units in order to build an inventory of accessible travel trailers.
FEMA hopes to work with numerous RV manufacturers to complete the project. RV manufacturers interested in joining can view the RFP in its current form at this link.
Information on how they can place a bid is set to be published after the official release of the RFP.